Having spent the last week scrambling for bits and pieces to make very specific Hallowe’en costumes, I’m left wondering, where are all the second-hand costumes?
Apparently we spend about €14 million on Halloween costumes in Ireland every year, but where do they go? My local charity shop told me that they sold out the first week in October, adding that they could have sold 10 times more.
Are people stockpiling it for future years? Or (God forbid) are they putting last year’s costumes in the bin?
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I have to admit to being guilty of holding onto things, just in case. It’s a hard habit to break, especially if you like to limit purchases to second-life goods, which aren’t always easy to come by. I’m getting better, but this experience puts me off letting go of any dress-up items, which I appreciate is counterproductive to the bigger picture of reduced consumption!
Before we get underway with this month’s positive planetary news, let me just say that if you’ve a long blonde wig that you’re willing to lend or sell me, I’ll be your friend for life!
Irish cafe Foam in Bundoran is turning milk bottle into recycled handplanes for surfing
For all those candles lovers out there, be sure to choose toxin-free versions this Autumn
Research is indicating that recycled plastic could be a health hazard!
UAE has become the first petro-state to commit to net zero by 2050.
China’s most populous province and one of its most industrialized, has banned the construction of coal plants in the Pearl River Delta and has begun construction on 100GW of wind and solar in its western desert, which is more than the entire existing wind and solar capacity of India. They’ve also pledged US$230 million to support conservation in developing countries
A vast area of the Atlantic Ocean off the south west coast of Ireland is to be designated as a marine protected area in an international effort to protect 5 million seabirds across 22 different species.
Repair educators Ifixit discover that even though the IPhone 13 is modular and easy to open, it contains software that rejects new parts. Shocking!
The campaign Ten Year Phone wants to change that and push for, yes you’ve guessed it, a ten year smartphone
Cork studies estimates that the global electricity needs could be served with solar panels on half the world’s roofs
In Austria and the German state of Thuringia, people can now be partially reimbursed when repairing a product thanks to a repair bonus
80% of the 715 million tons of carbon dioxide that was released during Australia’s mega wildfires of 2019/2020 has already been sucked out of the atmosphere by giant ocean algal blooms seeded by the nutrient-rich ash.
Half a million acres of Scottish Highlandswill be rewilded over the next 30 years thanks to a community led project known as the Affric Highlands
Have you got a community project that needs funding? Change X and Accenture have launched a new Sustainability Challenge with funding of €35,000 for community leaders with creative and impactful grassroots solutions